The imo State Government is leaving no stone unturned to crush any semblance of real or imaginary opposition to the 2019 re-election race.
A few days ago, the Deputy Governor to Governor Rochas Okorocha, Eze Madumere, stands to be Impeached by the Imo State House Of Assembly over what the lawmakers term absconding from office and failure to carry out assignment given to the Deputy governor by Okorocha. Earlier some members within the State have been suspended for other misconduct.
Taking the crackdown on offenders to churches, Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested a pastor in the Assemblies of God Church in Owerri named Chukwuma Okezuo, for allegedly giving prophecies against the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, during a church service.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, who paraded the cleric before newsmen on Tuesday, accused him of prophesying during last Sunday’s church service in the Urratta area of Owerri.
The pastor was alleged to have said in his prophecy that the governor was recruiting young boys in the state with the sole aim of kidnapping children between zero and 10 years for ritual purposes.
The police spokesperson said the pastor prophesied that Governor Okorocha was allegedly engaging in the ritual exercises towards the 2019 governorship election in the state.
He added that the “false prophecy” was capable of causing rancour and panic in the state.
“I parade before you one acclaimed pastor, Chukwuma Okezuo, of Assemblies of God Church. He was arrested during a church service last Sunday at Owaelu Urratta over false prophecies against the person of the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha.
“The suspect, while on the pulpit, made false prophecies against the governor that he was recruiting young boys to be kidnapping children between zero and 10 years for ritual purposes. He falsely prophesied that the governor was engaging in the ritual purposes with the sole aim of winning the 2019 governorship election and therefore asked the congregation to pray.
“This false prophecy, by this acclaimed pastor, is very malicious and capable of causing rancour, panic, anxiety and disintegrating the state. The Imo State Police Command, under the leadership of Commissioner of Police, Mr Dasuki Galandanchi, will not watch the people jeopardise the peace of the state.
Lodega is not aware of any recording of the church services of the false prophecy and slandering, but the Imo State police have paraded the suspected and have already implied a guilty stance when the pastor has denied the alleged prophecy.
The police said:
“Religious leaders should be mindful of the things they say. We will charge the suspect to court for legal action,” he said.
In an interview with Southern City News, the 40-year-old pastor, who hails from the Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state, said what the police accused him of was untrue.